Community Education

Education for Everyone

University of the West is proud to offer classes and workshops to the wider community through Community Education. Registration is easy and allows you access to real-time class sessions and/or online video lectures.

Community Education classes and lectures are provided on a no-credit basis. If you are interested in taking a class for college credit, please register through Open Enrollment.

Spring 2022 Community Education Classes

Enrollment remains open until February 2nd. Enroll now!


Big Mandarin 1 FlyerCE-MAND1 – Big Mandarin I (for Beginners)

Jieyan “Jessica” Zheng –  Award-winning educator in China with over ten years of teaching experience

Big Mandarin 1 for Beginners is an all-experiential learning model that constructs immersive conditions for students to learn by speaking, doing, and applying the lessons. This model uses 5,000 years of Chinese history, philosophy, and traditions as the scaffold for language composition. The big picture goal will be to create a community of language learners who are connected not just by the ability to speak the same language, but also to have cultural understanding. In this course, students will learn:

  1. Introduction of phonetics and daily expressions
  2. Experience Chinese culture and philosophy
  3. Understand the logic of Chinese expression and formation of characters.
  • Session type: Remote on Jan. 25 & Feb. 1, In-person starting Feb. 8
    Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm
    (First class meeting: 1/25/2022)
  • Certificate of participation provided.


Buddhism Pre-Global Era flyerCE-RS641 – Topics in Buddhist Studies: Buddhism in the Pre-Global Era

Dr. Lewis Lancaster – Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies

The global spread of Buddhism dates from the beginning of the 16th century to the present.  During the period from its beginning up to 1500 C.E., Buddhism was expanding and contracting in South, Southeast, East, and Inner Asia.  This area of the appearance can be called the “Great Circle” of Buddhism.  The class will explore the variety of formations and practices of the tradition as they developed over the centuries before the arrival of colonial forces.  In particular, the role of the maritime route between India and China will be discussed as well as the trade routes overland through Inner Asia.

  • Session type: Remote & Online
    Fridays 6:30-8:30pm
    (First class meeting: 1/21/2022)
  • Certificate of participation provided.